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Prisoner intentions to participate in an electronic monitoring scheme: an application of the theory of planned behaviour

Rhonda Maria Young (Prison Officer based at Dublin Business School, Dublin, Ireland)
Garry Raymond Prentice (Lecturer based at Dublin Business School, Dublin, Ireland)
Christopher George McLaughlin (School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry, UK)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 20 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

There is a need to address the implications of offender electronic monitoring (EM) within Ireland. Thus this research examined prisoner EM participation intentions through an application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) (Ajzen, 1991).

Design/methodology/approach

A male sample (n=101) from two Dublin prisons completed a TPB survey anonymously.

Findings

The moderately favourable prisoner attitudes suggested positive orientations towards participation in EM but did suggest some perceived difficulties. Subjective norms had a strong positive influence on intentions.

Research limitations/implications

Prisoner intentions were generally positive towards EM participation. This bodes well for future EM schemes in Ireland. It is also essential to gather other perspectives relevant to the prison system, when implementing EM.

Originality/value

The TPB offers an effective approach to understanding prisoner's EM intentions. More specifically, the TPB pinpointed the prisoners’ favourable intentions towards participating in an EM scheme by highlighting the influence of positive attitudes towards EM and their strong belief that significant others shared these positive attitudes.

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Citation

Young, R.M., Raymond Prentice, G. and McLaughlin, C.G. (2013), "Prisoner intentions to participate in an electronic monitoring scheme: an application of the theory of planned behaviour", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 108-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCP-05-2013-0013

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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